Defendant repeatedly said he desired to have victim killed
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 63-year-old ANTHONY THOMPSON.
Anthony Thompson is a paraplegic who is bound to a wheelchair and requires full-time care. In late 2015, Thompson grew tired of his live-in caregiver, 47-year-old Wayne Sapp. Several months prior to Sapp’s murder, Thompson’s insurance company determined Sapp could no longer serve as his caretaker. During the entirety of Sapp’s tenure as Thompson’s caregiver, the two men split the proceeds of Thompson’s biweekly paycheck, so Sapp’s termination, at the hands of the insurance company, significantly reduced their mutual income.
Sapp continued to unofficially act as Thompson’s caregiver without payment until the victim eventually grew tired of the defendant’s demanding and abusive nature and resigned his role. Sapp continued to live with Thompson inside their shared residence, while Sapp’s cousin, 47-year-old Sherrell Herring, assumed the responsibility as Thompson’s full-time caretaker. Thompson told Herring, a number of times, he endeavored to have Sapp killed by neighborhood “dope boys.” Thompson’s anger stemmed from the significant loss of income as a result of Sapp’s termination by the insurance company. Thompson was also convinced Sapp was purposely unplugged appliances as a way to harass him. Herring told Atlanta Police investigators she regularly witnessed Thompson accidentally unplug appliances with his wheelchair.
On December 9, 2015, Thompson called Herring and told her not to report to work as he did not require her services. Around 9:00am, Thompson encountered Sapp inside their home along Hill Street Southeast in Atlanta. The defendant was holding a silver revolver. Thompson fired a warning shot in Sapp’s direction to frighten the victim. Sapp left the home and Thompson followed in his wheelchair. While outside, Thompson fired a fatal shot to Sapp’s chest. The victim collapsed and died in the driveway of their residence. Later in the day, Atlanta Police arrested Thompson at the Five Points MARTA Station in Atlanta, and the defendant confessed to the crime. Thompson has (15) prior arrests and (9) felony convictions in DeKalb County, Georgia, Arizona, California, and New Orleans that date back to 1976.
THOMPSON was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.
Thompson was sentenced to
Life in Prison Plus 10 Years
Judge Shukura Millender, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Gautam Rao led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Kristal Ingram, Investigator Fred Glenn, Jr., and Victim-Witness-Advocate Edrene White of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective S. Benton from the Atlanta Police Department was the Lead Investigator in this case.